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"So I was to be a playwright, news that made my breath catch in my throat with the glory of it. By day I would teach, and by night, with Mr. Swift and Mr. Shakespeare for company, I would use my pen to feed tragic and comic words into the mouths of my players. I would find stories in Bodie's best nuggets—in secrets behind masks."
—Angeline Reddy[3]

Angeline Maude Sullivan Reddy (born c. 1866) was the daughter of Emma and Patrick Reddy. She was a resident of Bodie, California, a rough mining town. In June of 1880, her father disappeared, but Angeline refused to believe he was dead. She was good friends with Eleanor Tucker and Ling Loi Wing.


Early life[]

Angeline was born around 1866.[2] Her full name combined the names of her maternal grandmother and aunt.[1] She lived in Bodie, California with her parents, Emma and Patrick Reddy.

Summer of 1880[]

In June of 1880, Antoine Duval, a Wells Fargo clerk, informed Angeline and her mother about the demise of Patrick. Both of them cited the lack of evidence as reason to believe he was still alive. Angeline's suspicions were confirmed, when she saw her father's empty coffin at Ward's Undertaking Shop. Not long later, she met Ling Loi Wing, who gave Angeline a message from her father, a key.

She used the key to open her father's antechamber, where she found an envelope titled "601", the name of a vigilante gang in town. Angeline, not long later, brought her friend, Eleanor Tucker to the antechamber, when a strange ghost-like figure appeared. Later, Antoine took Angeline to see her father towards the end of June. He promised to come out of hiding soon. In the meantime, Angeline and the other women in town prepared for the Fourth of July masquerade ball.

On the day of the ball, Patrick arrived suddenly and exposed the corruptness of Sheriff Kelley and Constable Kirgan. After the end of the ball, Angeline, Eleanor, and her mother, Ida found Eleanor's father, Darryl at Ward's Shop. At Eleanor's urging, he revealed a terrible secret and the mystery of the apparition was closed. The night ended with Antoine telling Angeline he made "a discovery," meaning Angeline herself.

Later life[]

In 1881, Angeline moved with her family to San Francisco, where her father opened a new law practice. She was attending the University of California at Berkeley, when she published her play, The Bold Bad Boys of Bodie under the name, A.M. Reddy. At one of the performances, Antoine Duval went back stage to propose to her; Angeline accepted.

Personality and traits[]

Angeline was shy in public and around strangers. However, she was able to be outspoken in front of loved ones and in particular times of need. Her friend, Eleanor once described Angeline as "a forward, cheeky girl." She was also extremely stubborn and refused to back down, traits that she inherited from her mother.

She was smart and enjoyed reading, such as the plays of William Shakespeare, whom she mentioned several times. Her was dream was to write plays à la Shakespeare. Antoine Duval also compared her way of speaking to the Irish satirist, Jonathan Swift.

Family tree[]

The Reddy Family Tree
Emma Reddy
(c. 1849-1906)
Patrick Reddy
Ned Reddy
Angeline Reddy
(b. 1866)

Behind the scenes[]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Behind the Masks, Susan Patron, page 53
  2. 2.0 2.1 Behind the Masks, Susan Patron, pages 31, 252
  3. Behind the Masks, Susan Patron, page 268
  4. Gunfighters, Highwaymen & Vigilantes: Violence on the Frontier, Roger D. McGrath, pages 120-123

See also[]

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Sarah Nita | Phillis "Patsy" Frederick | Libby West | Priscilla "Pringle" Rose | Mary "Polly" Rodgers
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Zipporah Feldman | Minette "Minnie" Bonner | Angela Denoto | Margaret Ann Brady | Kathleen Bowen
Simone Spencer | Lydia Pierce | Nell "Nellie Lee" Love | Bess Brennan | Minerva "Minnie" Swift | Grace Edwards
Julie Weiss | Madeline Beck | Amber Billows | Piper Davis | Dawn "Dawnie Rae" Johnson | Molly Flaherty

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Antoinetta Viscardi | Leon Nasevich | Daniel Pierce | Erma Jean Love | Patrick Flaherty

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A Journey to the New World | I Walk in Dread | Look to the Hills | Standing in the Light
Love Thy Neighbor | The Winter of Red Snow | Cannons at Dawn | A Line in the Sand
Valley of the Moon | Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | All the Stars in the Sky
Seeds of Hope | A Picture of Freedom | A Light in the Storm | When Will This Cruel War Be Over?
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly | The Great Railroad Race
Down the Rabbit Hole | Land of the Buffalo Bones | My Heart Is on the Ground | Behind the Masks
My Face to the Wind | West to a Land of Plenty | A Coal Miner's Bride | Dreams in the Golden Country
A City Tossed and Broken | Hear My Sorrow | Voyage on the Great Titanic | A Time for Courage
When Christmas Comes Again | Like the Willow Tree | Color Me Dark | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Christmas After All | Survival in the Storm | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
My Secret War | Early Sunday Morning | The Fences Between Us | With the Might of Angels
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?